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Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG First Review

By   |   26 October,2014

German vehicle maker Mercedes-Benz has launched the insane version of their latest crossover, the GLA45 AMG, in India at a price of INR 69.60 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The GLA crossover was launched recently and car buyers here immediately took to this extremely capable vehicle with its dashing looks.

Powering this car is the same engine that sits under the bonnet of the standard GLAs but, this one has been tuned to deliver a screaming power output of 355 bhp. Despite the fact that it is a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder engine as compared to the V8s of the bigger AMGs, not only does it perform really well but, has a pretty good engine note to boot. Channelling the power is a 7 speed, dual clutch, automatic transmission.

To handle this huge increase in muscle, the GLA45 AMG gets heavy duty suspension and anti-roll bars, bigger brakes with striking red callipers, 19 inch alloys and so on. It also has been lowered by 15mm to provide a better centre of gravity. After all, this is not a low-riding sportscar so, when being turned hard at speed, the lower height will aid in making it more stable.

Merc has made sure that if you fork out the extra cash to buy the AMG version, others on the road will never mistake your car for the bog standard version. The GLA45 AMG gets a new front grille, a diffuser at the rear, fantastic looking quadruple tailpipes and sharply styled bumpers. As an option, buyers can also opt for body decals.

On the inside, the sportiness of this car is very apparent. You get a race car-like flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports seats, contrast stitching everywhere and more. The superb red seat belts complete the interior looks. The gear lever has been moved to the central tunnel from the steering column, where it usually is. While the regular GLA has competition in the form of cars like the Audi Q3, the GLA45 AMG will be unhindered. Probably the best piece of news for customers of this car in India will be that in this car one can enjoy AMG performance without worrying about shattering the under-body on our monstrous speed bumps!

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